Marsh working hard to improve his speeds

Australia

Mitchell Marsh says he is working hard with Australia's bowling coach, Craig McDermott, to add a few kilometers onto his bowling speed so could be more effective for the national side.

The speeds of the 24 year-old allrounder has noticeably improved and it was evident in the Boxing Day Test, against the West Indies at the MCG, as Marsh was bowling in the high 140s kph.

The right-arm seamer admits that as the fourth paceman in the side he has to make use of his opportunities when they are represented.

Marsh said: "Sometimes as the fourth seamer, it's about coming on and tying up an end and giving the blokes a rest, and then [Tuesday] I had an opportunity to bowl a few more overs and I saw that as an opportunity to work as hard as I could for the team and to get a few wickets."

"Over the last 18 months, I've worked really hard with [bowling coach] Craig McDermott to try and get a few extra k's on my bowling and certainly over the last few months I've felt like I'm just getting a bit faster and faster in every game that I play.

"Obviously the more I bowl the more I'm learning about my body and how far I can go. Hopefully I've set the tone now for the rest of the summer."

The third and final Test against the Windies starts in Sydney on Sunday.

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